In the mostly white Lindsay Griffin + Co in Somerville, Massachusetts, the hot pink flamingo wallpaper in the bathroom serves as a lively surprise.
At Starring by Ted Gibson in Los Angeles, guests can set their own preference for colored lighting within their semi-private styling cloud.
Forest green furnishings with hot pink pillows offer a fun pop of color at Mango Salon in Richmond, Virginia.
Bright product bottles, a piece of art and a living wall color the shampoo area of Define Hair in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Armchairs in a soothing shade of blue encourage clients to begin their journey of relaxation at The Beauty Artisan & Co. in Murrieta, California.
Chartruese styling chair brings brightness to Style Loft Hair Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Lifestyle photos of the team's work offer playful color at Andreas Hogue Salon in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
A retro bar and neon signage in Barbie pink makes a bold statement against the pastel-colored shiplap through Blos Roses in Doral, Florida.
At the men's retreat Jaxson Maximus in Miami, a floor to ceiling mural delivers a manly dose of color.
Against an almost white background, the red seating at Jon Alan Salon in Nashville, immediately draws the eye.
A pastel palette, including champagne pink chairs, invites clients to gather around an elegant fireplace at Karen Joseph Salon in Red Bank, New Jersey.
A welcome wall with a reassuring message reminds guests that Penzone Salons + Spas in Colombus, Ohio, transcends beauty.
At PF International Salon, Spa Suites and Barer in Sherman Oaks, California, blue granite floors and Morphie butterfly wallpaper tell a color story in blues.
For many of this year's 2020 Salons of the Years, color was a leading character in the design story.
Whether it was bold and predominant or a subtle pop in an otherwise austere backdrop, color creates a mood. It can energize, it can calm, it can tease and it can surprise. The perfect use of color definitely welcomes the clients into the salon's culture.
Flip through our slideshow to see how this year's honorees play with color, then investigate your favorite looks by seeing their entire design story.
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